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“Banning the sharing of information could have been less severe” | India News


NEW DELHI: Both serving bureaucrats and former bureaucrats said the amended pension rules, which oblige retired officers of intelligence and security organizations to request prior permission to write or speak on their former organization’s domain, could have become less “harsh”. having a time limit, say 10 years after retirement, rather than making them applicable for life.
A former RAW chief and a former Home Secretary, both reluctant to be named, said that while it was standard practice for intelligence officials from foreign agencies to be banned for a reasonable period after withdrawing from writing or speaking about their experiences and sharing The Dominion. knowledge they gained while working for their previous organizations, the amended CCS (Pensions) Rules appear to have “pushed things a bit too far” by imposing restrictions on the remaining portion of a retired officer’s life.
AS Dulat, who served on RAW and IB and later authored a couple of books, said: “Apply the rule for two years, five years, 10 years, or even 20 years after retirement, but not forever.” He said the term “organization domain” was vague. “Who will define what constitutes the domain of an organization?” I ask. He said adverse feedback could eventually lead the government to modify the rules to provide a “fixed post-retirement time limitation” and also specify what constitutes “organization dominance.” He said that the head of an intelligence or security organization was a busy person and could not be expected to spend time reading manuscripts. “Authorizations can take forever,” he told TOI.
KM Singh, a former IB official, said the rules were “draconian” as they would prevent highly experienced officials from sharing good practices and domain knowledge with future generations. Dulat agreed, citing the example of former NSA and IB chief MK Narayanan, who often writes for newspapers. “Given his vast experience, everyone admires him. Why should he need prior assent?” I ask.
Singh feared that even if permission was given, much of the content could be omitted or censored. The ‘prior assent’ rule is now applicable even to officers of central police organizations like BSF, ITBP, etc.

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